Today I started making our Christmas Eve dinner. It is an old family favorite and involves a lot of garlic and shrimp. As I was smashing the garlic, I started thinking about all the benefits involved in consuming garlic. Being a daughter in a long line of Cajun cooks, garlic has had a prominent place in my cooking endeavors. Here are some of the potential benefits from making garlic a regular part of your diet.
One study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% in the garlic consumers compared to a placebo group. The lengths of their colds were also reduced from an average of 5 days to just 1.5 days.
Garlic oil has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties. Athletes can rub garlic oil on sore muscles and joints to help alleviate pain.
Garlic has anti-fungal properties so it can be an effective treatment for athlete’s foot.
Consuming about 4 cloves of garlic a day has the potential to reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and can decrease your LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels of cholesterol.
Garlic consumption seems to have a positive impact on digestive tract-related cancers especially cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, and stomach.
Some research has pointed to the benefit of garlic in the battle against diabetes, including helping to regulate blood sugar.
I have always known that I love garlic but learning about all these amazing health benefits makes it even more tasty.